You guys. Y'all. Tomayto. Tomahto. Slang is used all the time. Even based off of where you are from, how you were raised, and so on. So what happens on a college campus, where there are thousands of people not only from all over the state, but all over the world and country? New words and new phrases are learned. So, what is it to you, you guys, or y'all?
Some type of major map/quiz/poll here. Gives you different phrases and you pick which one and it'll tell you where you are most likely from. Something like this
According to Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, southern dialect is a barrier in college. While here at Ole Miss, however, most kids have not seen it as a language barrier. Rather, they see it as being exposed to this new southern culture.
Tiffany Leandro, a freshman student from Orange County, has experienced the struggle first hand.
“It’s like a completely different language,” Leandro said. “I say backpack, they say bookbag. I had a boy call me ‘hoss’ at a football game and was ready to throw a punch. "
Luckily for Leandro, "hoss" was southern slang for dude or man.
Southern Living Magazine even has a list of their ~favorite~ southern slang. From "bless your heart" to grabbing a "buggy" to go grocery shopping, they have it all.
Even North Carolina native Taylor Easter was surprised at the dialogue transition from moving to Oxford.
"Some people here are so country! I literally cannot even understand them, I have to really pay attention." said Easter.
Claire Williams, a freshman soccer player here from Los Angeles, CA, has had people make fun of her for choice of words as well.
"Whenever I say "you guys" or "like" I always get the weirdest looks. People mock me because I say like literally every other word, and I really cannot help it." said Williams.
Despite the language barriers, Ole Miss has a great sense of community among its student body. Brie Porello, a junior this year, can confirm this.
"I met my best friend Kelly here in Oxford, and she's from North Carolina. We both were raised so differently living on the East and West Coast. But I definitely feel like these differences have made our relationship stronger."